Red Hook. 2019. Proposal for public landscape intervention.
Plants for phytoremediation:
Heliotrope: the Thames. 2019. Proposal for public landscape intervention.
Red Hook is an unrealized proposal for the public Red Hook ball fields in Brooklyn, New York. Having previously been the site of a metal refining factory, the fields were closed due to hazardous levels of heavy metals in the site’s soil. This project proposes the mass plantings of various grass and flower species, each with a particular efficiency for phytoremediation. Over a growing season, these plants will germinate and blossom, removing the heavy metals from the soil and storing them in their bodies. At the end of the year, the plants will be safely harvested and processed to extract the heavy metals, which will be made into pigments.
Heliotrope is a proposal to solve the ongoing problem of pollution in the River Thames. There have been numerous leaks of untreated human waste and industrial effluent into the Thames since 1850. Purple phototrophic bacteria can be used to convert this waste into clean water and hydrogen energy.